Rooted in Reason: Nurturing the Seeds of Liberty


Why Close Our Best Schools? by grassroothawaii
December 16, 2010, 12:07 pm
Filed under: Economy, Education, Hawaii Sunshine | Tags: , , ,

By Frances Nuar

The State of Hawaii has proposed to close one of two schools in Hawaii Kai, either Kamiloiki or Koko Head, sparking outrage in the community. The State claims that since the schools are under-capacity, closing them could save the state up to $678,000 a year.

But wait a minute here. These schools are among the highest testing schools in the state. Koko Head students were 94% proficient in math last year, while the Hawaii public school average was only 68%. Koko Head students were 83% proficient in math, compared to 49% on average in Hawaii. These schools are obviously doing something right. Maybe it’s the lower testing schools which are weighing down the average that should be closed down?

It’s funny that the State is saying it wants to close some of the best testing schools to save money. Because the “up to $678,000” it might save is only 0.00027% of the total budget. That’s right. The Department of Education spent $2.431 billion for 2009-2010, and that number is increasing for 2010-2011.

Every little bit counts in the budget, to be sure. HawaiiSunshine.org, our new transparency initiative, shows over $113 million was spent on transportation for the Department of Education last year, including over $100 million in “Other Travel“. Hmmmm. Maybe the State should start looking at just where all these “other” trips are going and let our best schools keep on raising the averages.

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